Rafa Benitez is keenly aware that Newcastle need more cover at center-back, with both Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor having left the club this summer and we also lost Mike Williamson back in January.
Newcastle have been trying to sign Grant Hanley from Blackburn for far too long, but Rafa Benitez has said today he thinks the club will have somebody in soon.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Rafa was asked whether he thought there would be somebody brought in before Wednesday’s game at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster – and this is what Benitez said:
“I hope so.” “We are working hard. Lee Charnley knows that we need bodies to have all the positions covered.”
“We are short of center-backs. We have to manage the minutes and positions.”
“It’s clear that we need bodies in some positions, and I think we will have someone soon.”
Blackburn’s Indian owners Venky’s have been playing hard ball with Newcastle and the reports are that we have just put in our third bid of £5.5M, after earlier bids of £3.5M and £4.5M were turned down.
Grant Hanley – Scottish International center-back
But it seems that Newcastle are still hopeful of getting a deal closed since Grant Hanley is reported to be very keen to join the Rafa revolution – the Rafalution – going on at Newcastle United.
It would be great of we can sign grant Hanley before Wednesday.